Sunday, April 09, 2006

Run Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Linux Simultaneously

See: Parallels Workstation: http://www.parallels.com/en/products/workstation/

The folks at Parallels, Inc. have made a real breakthrough - building upon Intel's virtualization feature of their newest CPUs, Parallels allows you to boot into one operating system, and then run one or more others as "hosted" operating system in windows in the primary one.

In other words: You boot into say, Mac OS X, and then run a real copy of Windows XP, in a window. The hosted OS is not running on a chip emulator - each OS is running as a virtual machine.

For example:

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4 comments:

Dancin Forever said...

hey - looks like it's been 7 months since posting this breakthrough - how has Parallels been working for you? compared it to VMWare my chance?

plan to go the Bootcamp route while i sort out my parallelization needs ;)

Matisse Enzer said...

Actually, I have not yet had a need to run Windows :-) So I haven't installed any of the options (Bootcamp, Parallels, nor VMWare Fusion)

I have seen reports that VMWares' Fusion is also very good.

Dancin Forever said...

hey for the record, i ended up buyin Parallels with the MacUpdate Bundle - couldn't resist.

tried to leave it up & active but it was pushing my macbook with only 2GB.

rumor has it my 2.16Ghz model can technically support 3GB!

be great to hear if anyone has had any success with this - esp for those of you who run multiple OSes on a day-to-day basis!

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